Rail for the Valley wishes to reinstate the Vancouver to Chilliwack interurban, using TramTrain technology. TramTrain is a development of light rail, where a light rail vehicle has the ability to operate on tram (streetcar); light-rail; and mainline railway tracks. The interurban was the original TramTrain, which has now evolved into the sleek LRV’s now used on TramTrain operations around the world.
By using TramTrain, LRT can be easily and affordably extended to areas of low population, giving the benefits of modern public transport to people who otherwise be abandoned by transit planners. One kiliometre of SkyTrain light-metro could fund up to 20 km. of TramTrain; a lesson that the planners at the cash strapped TransLink have yet to learn.
The following is from Railway Technology.com
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